Sunrise Avenue Go-Cart Race © 2011
2011 Sunrise Avenue Go-Cart Race ©
Highway Kart Racing, Dortmund, Germany
November 3rd 2011.
The German city of Dortmund hosted this year’s traditional and legendary Sunrise Avenue Go-Cart race. After a two-year break and drivers’ salary negotiations between the driver association and Race organization the race got a huge attention on the press and the arena was filled with racing fans from all over the world. Team Audio Gorillas took a double victory as Mikko Salonen took his first-ever gold medal right before his teammate Tuomas Hollmerus. Gibson Ultimate Fighting Team’s Samu Haber took the third place after a hard and exciting race.
The race was full of drama as Gibson Ultimate Fighting Team’s driver’s Riku Rajamaa’s car broke down after only four laps. Also the winning team protested against each other after the race. Hollmerus claimed that Salonen had crashed him on purpose, but the jury saw no reason for any penalty after the race.
Salonen was not surprised for his victory after the race. “I had a good summer preparing myself for the new season and I kind of felt fast today. When I woke up in the morning before the race, I knew this would be my day. Already at the qualifying I felt much faster than the rest and everything just went as planned. It’s very sad that Hollmerus can’t accept the fact that again today I was faster. If his mental abilities are that low, he will have to get used to looking at my tail lights many times this season. At Audio Gorillas there are two drivers and only one of them was signed as the main driver. And everyone – also Tuomas - knows who I am talking about.”
“After my career’s first victory, I had a big party with my own staff in a park nearby with all the gorillas and we celebrated until the morning. It’s a shame Tuomas didn’t join us”, Salonen shivers with an obvious hangover after the night’s events.
Hollmerus was of course happy for his eight points and also hopeful for the team’s well-started season. “Of course I am quite happy. I had a god race and I was able to keep Haber behind me. He was my biggest threat before the race and beating him felt great. Haber was right behind me most of the race especially after the second safety car and I had to squeeze all I had in my ass to keep him where he belongs. It’s not a nice feeling having him breathing on your neck – you never know what he is up to.”
The whole audience stopped breathing as the leading team crashed onto each other on the second last round. The situation didn’t make Hollmerus happy. “I must repeat my words about Mikko’s behavior on the track. There are certain rules on how much contact you can make with other drivers and Salonen went over the edge. But I must forget this event now and focus on the next one. I have many possibilities this season showing the world who is the fastest driver in the world. With Mr. Salonen’s attitude, I bet his downhill will start sooner or later”, Hollmerus stated.
The betting agencies’ favorite, Gibson Ultimate Fighting Team’s first race didn’t go as planned. Riku Rajamaa’s car broke down and Mr. Haber was left behind by the Audio Gorillas. It was the first time ever in Sunrise Go-Cart Racing © history when a Gibson car broke during the race. Rajamaa was clearly disappointed.
“I am so angry at the brainless idiot in our team who fixed my car for the race. Obviously you must do everything yourself in this world to make things work and you can’t rust no one– even in your own team. I was just on my fastest lap and I was right behind Haber and MP (Volvo Weller) on the 5th place and ready to strike. I felt like throwing my helmet on the idiot security staff as they asked if I’m ok. Of course I was not ok. I was emotionally hurt, lonely and frustrated.”
Rajamaa didn’t see much light at the end of the tunnel even though it was the first race of the season. “I don’t know… I am so pissed right now that I guess it’s better if I skip the whole season. And to my family at home; I am not gonna come home for a while. I need some time to think about life now. I have this feeling inside me that I can only describe in Finnish: Vit**taa ku Apassia! Merry Christmas everyone!”
Haber was hopeful about the team’s future even though Rajamaa nearly punched the reporters on the face. “Ok race. The Gorillas’ speed was a tiny surprise to me but I know we can also do better. Qualifying didn’t go as planned and I started as fourth. I knew MP would make a mistake in front of me at some point and I am happy I was able to use my opportunity as he got nervous on the third round. Pity that Riku’s car didn’t work today but there will be a new chance soon. I’m happy for the points and it was a good start for me. Riku will be back, I’m sure.”
1. Mikko Salonen, Audio Gorillas (10p)
2. Tuomas Hollmerus, Audio Gorillas (8)
3. Samu Haber, Gibson Ultimate Fighting Team (7)
4. Osmo Ikonen, Beat & Box Racing (6)
5. Ilkka “Raul” Ruutu, Volvo-Weller (5)
6. Mikko-Pekka Laine, Volvo-Weller (4)
7. Timo Saarinen, Kovat Miehet (3)
8. Antti Toiviainen, Kovat Miehet (2)
9. Sami Osala, Beat & Box Racing (1)
Disqualified: Riku Rajamaa, Gibson Ultimate Fighting team.
Teams start 2011:
1. Audio Gorillas (18)
2. Volvo-Weller (9)
3. Gibson Ultimate Fighting Team (7)
3. Beat & Box Racing (7)
5. Kovat Miehet (5)